One of my biggest pet peeves is the rampant misuse of the word “hoard” when people refer to zombies. I’m not trying to be a grammar Nazi here but I feel it is my responsibility to help clear things up for zombie fans everywhere. This error is so common I feel like we could all use a short lesson on the difference between a horde and a hoard.
If you are referring to a crowd, or large number, of zombies the word you would use to describe this would be “horde” and NOT “hoard”. To understand why let’s look at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary definitions for both words:
Definition of HORDE
Definition of HOARD
As you can clearly see, referring to a hoard of zombies is just plain wrong. It would be a horde of zombies. Likewise 99% of the time the phrase “zombie hoard” is wrong too. Unless of course you happen to be referring to one of those rare members of the undead who likes to store things. Then, as long as you are talking about that zombie’s supply of stashed away brains or other possessions, the phrase “zombie hoard” would be perfectly acceptable.